For most people it’s enough to just see the most-buzzed-about show on Broadway, but for the die-hards of the Hamilton Sing Along Meetup, that’s only the beginning.
After the live show ends, the Hamilton score takes on a life of its own in the minds of those who hear it. “It’s just brilliant. It’s brilliant.” the Meetup’s organizer, Ed, gushes as he conveys the catchiness of the melodies, the complexity of the lyrics. He briefly recalls not being a fan of hip hop before seeing the show, but then breaks spontaneously into a verse, rapping, “this is not a moment, it’s a movement world. The hungriest brothers with something to prove went,” and then he laughs.
“It happens a lot,” he says.
The inaugural Meetup happened on a Friday evening in a Manhattan apartment belonging to Ed, who played the entire Hamilton score from start to finish on a baby grand piano in his living room, while the 17-or-so members in attendance meticulously belted every word.
For members, the Meetup offers an opportunity to experience the musical personally, over and over again. “I consider myself to be an experiential person. I like experiences,” Ed says. “This is such an in-the-moment thing. There are very few activities where when you’re doing them, you can’t be doing anything else. Playing music is like that, and I thought, ‘imagine having a room full of people doing that.’”
What’s something you’ve experienced that you wish you could relive again and again?